Anglican Chaplaincy News from 2015

Ordination for Chris Durrant

Wednesday 5th August 2015

Chris Durrant, who has been training on the South West Ministry Training Course (which was based at St Luke's Campus until 2014), and has in recent years been a familiar face at St Luke's Chapel, will be ordained in September as a full-time stipendiary transitional deacon to serve the parish of St David's with St Michael and All Angels, Exeter.

Chris and his wife Jenny are both University of Exeter alumni; Chris read Biological Sciences and went on to work as a microbiologist for South West Water, and Jenny read Archaeology and is now Assistant Curator of Antiquities at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

New Memorial Planned for the Mary Harris Chapel

Wednesday 22nd July 2015

This story first appeared in Exeter magazine, 2014/15 edition, page 36.

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An existing memorial inside the chapel, to students who lost their lives in World War One.

A new area of reflective remembrance and prayer is planned for the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel on Streatham Campus.

"We want to ensure all Exeter alumni who have been killed in war are recognised," said Richard Foord from the University's International Office, who is helping with the project. "For example, we know of Exeter alumni who were officers in the British Army who were killed in Afghanistan and we want to ensure their sacrifice is also remembered."

The Chapel hopes to commission a new memorial area and we wish to do all we can to ensure we have everyone listed who should be remembered in this way. The new memorial will be in keeping with the Grade II Listed status of the Chapel and will be a fitting tribute and a mark of honour from the University to those alumni who have died in conflicts since 1945.

Two of the servicemen who were killed in Afghanistan - whose details are already held by the University and whose names feature on other memorials in the City of Exeter - are:

  • Daniel Clark (Geography 2008)
    Died August 2011
  • David Boyce (International Relations 2009)
    Died November 2011

If you know of other Exeter Alumni service personnel who have died in conflicts since 1945 and whose names should be included in the new memorial, please contact

New Lazenby Chaplain Appointed

Monday 22nd June 2015

Reverend Chantal Mason

The St Luke's College Foundation Trustees are delighted to announce that the Reverend Chantal Mason has been appointed as the University of Exeter's Lazenby Chaplain.

Chantal returns to her roots in Exeter having served in the Chelmsford diocese as Bishop's Chaplain across Essex and East London for the last three years. Prior to this she ministered in Exeter, in the Alphington, Ide and Shillingford Mission Community as assistant curate from 2008-2012.

Chantal's background is in Religious Education; she taught in Exeter schools for six years before training for the ministry. She has also worked at Lee Abbey ecumenical and international conference centre in Devon.

Chantal holds an MA from the University of Bristol, a degree from the University of Exeter and a secondary PGCE. She enjoys sport, jazz, the theatre, film and travel. Her particular interests lie in the New Monasticism and Contemporary Spirituality, Fresh Expressions of Church, and the Church and the Media.

The Lazenby Chaplain is a priest appointed jointly by the University of Exeter and the Diocese of Exeter, and funded by the Lazenby Trust. The Chaplain serves the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel of the Holy Trinity on Streatham Campus, and is a full-time member of the University's Multifaith Chaplaincy team.

Chantal's appointment has been warmly welcomed by the Diocese and by the University. She will take up her post on 1st August 2015.

Chapel Retreat

Tuesday 24th March 2015

The less camera-shy retreat attendees.

On Saturday 7th March, staff and students from the Mary Harris Chapel community went on a day retreat to Mill House in Tiverton.

The entire day was blessed with blue skies and sunshine, which made walking in the beautiful grounds, and surrounding country lanes around Mill House, all the more enjoyable.

Everyone who attended agreed that it was a very pleasant, relaxing and worthwhile day, and the Anglican Chaplaincy hopes to run further retreats in the future.

A Retreat webpage will be added to the website in due course.